How do you even begin to explain the loss of a child? You can’t. It’s as simple as that. There are no words…
Even after 10 years I still can’t articulate how Olivia’s death has affected me, her family, her friends or those close to her. It’s just not possible.
What I can tell you is how much she changed the lives of those who knew her during the 15 years we got with her…. Simply put, she changed our lives for the better.
All those who know her through reading or hearing “Olivia‘a Story” have also been changed. I’m told time and again that they share her story with others. She lives on in the hearts and minds of every single person she touched in whatever form. We hope Olivia’s kindness, compassion and lack of judgement is an example to everyone.
We can only hope that we have that much of an impact with the lives we live and the way we make others feel. Try to help in your community when and where you can. Reach out to others in need even when they don’t ask for help. Share what you have. It’s amazing what small gestures can have the largest impact.
Are you, or do you know of a student graduating in 2022 who plans to pursue a post-secondary education? If so, they may qualify for the Olivia Jollota Memorial Trust Scholarship.
Olivia’s scholarship is not based on your academic achievements, it is based on the quality of your character. How have you helped your school and your community become better places to be? Show us in an essay what you do to be inclusive, accepting, non-judgemental, kind and compassionate – like Olivia did 💜
In addition to your amazing essay, please have two teachers/community members provide a letter of reference then email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or ask your school to send it in. Best of luck to all who apply!
NOTE: Deadline for applications is May 15, 2022 for consideration.
Our 2018 Christmas giving did not stop with our senior community! We decided to get a little more personal with the younger generation. After a wonderful suggestion by Steve Murray, we reached out to the staff of Phoenix Youth Shelter and offered to host a pizza 🍕party and cookie decorating evening 😊. Olivia would love this!!!
On Sunday, December 16 the Trustees and volunteers brought pizza, chips, fruit and vegetable platters, juice, water and cookies along with all the fixings needed to decorate to Phoenix Youth Shelter in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We got to eat (thank you for the amazing ribs and cole slaw!) chat and share Olivia. We shared why we do what we do with some wonderful people. What a great time! We can’t even begin to explain what an honour it was. Thank you for your questions and the honest, open dialogue that followed.
A great big thank you goes out to Ragan Eagle of Sweet Eagle Bakery for donating the amazing cookies the staff and residents decorated. The delicious cookies were definitely a huge hit! We saw some pretty impressive decorating going on (there may have even been a friendly competition or two 😉)
We we also honoured to do up gift bags for the youth staying at the shelter so they have something just for them this Christmas season 🎄. We included a t-shirt and bracelet with Olivia’s Signature Tree in each bag along with some treats and day-to-day items like deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair ties, brushes, gloves, reusable water bottle and more! We also donated bus tickets, MacDonalds gift cards and Tim Hortons gift cards!
We love giving back to organizations that support our youth – it’s exactly where Olivia would want us to focus 💗.
Five years ago today the world lost a little bit of light and wonder when Olivia died. All of those who love her are left missing a part of our hearts and for me, as her mom, a piece of my very soul.
There are no words that can even begin to to explain what her loss has meant to her friends and family. We miss her smile, her wicked sense of humour and her laugh. We miss her kindness, her compassion and her ability to make each and every person she ever encountered feel like they were special.
Her desire to help others was known by all her friends. Olivia I had a unique ability to look past the shell and see the hearts of others. The qualities this amazing young lady possessed were unequalled and made her one-of-a-kind.
Today, April 3rd, I must acknowledge her death but more importantly, I will acknowledge her life. Olivia lived her life to the fullest, with unbridled passion, intense devotion and unmatched love.
Over the years Olivia taught me many things. She taught me patience, she taught me tolerance, she taught me forgiveness and she taught me what true love feels like.
She was my most precious gift and I am grateful every day I was chosen to be her mom 💝